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Duckietown: An Innovative Way to Teach Autonomy [chapter]

Jacopo Tani, Liam Paull, Maria T. Zuber, Daniela Rus, Jonathan How, John Leonard, Andrea Censi
2017 Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing  
This paper describes the course design and first implementation of Duckietown, a vehicle autonomy class that experiments with teaching innovations in addition to leveraging modern educational theory for  ...  All of the teaching materials and code is released online in the hope that other institutions will adopt the platform and continue to evolve and improve it, so to keep pace with the fast evolution of the  ...  We then describe an innovative way of creating a broader team spirit among instructors and students by introducing a role-playing aspect to the course (Sec. 4).  ... 
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-55553-9_8 fatcat:hdjq2k4bdbfgxds3oafo3dxzdm

Evolution of the academic FabLab at University of Naples Federico II

Leopoldo Angrisani, Pasquale Arpaia, Guido Capaldo, Nicola Moccaldi, Piero Salatino, Giorgio Ventre
2018 Journal of Physics, Conference Series  
This new FabLab 2.0 constitutes an opportunity, based on the international experiences of "FabLab" and "Learning Factory", of facing the educational challenges posed by the transition to the context of  ...  An educational project was activated in collaboration with the DuckieTown project of the MI.I.T.  ...  FabLab 2.0 offers tutors the opportunity to develop innovative educational projects tangent to experimental research activities in order to create continuity between teaching, thesis activities, and research  ... 
doi:10.1088/1742-6596/1065/2/022013 fatcat:et7tymmzgja3tfffh344j6eama

Advanced Autonomy on a Low-Cost Educational Drone Platform [article]

Luke Eller, Theo Guerin, Baichuan Huang, Garrett Warren, Sophie Yang, Josh Roy, Stefanie Tellex
2019 arXiv   pre-print
PiDrone is a quadrotor platform created to accompany an introductory robotics course. Students build an autonomous flying robot from scratch and learn to program it through assignments and projects.  ...  We present a hardware and software framework for an autonomous aerial robot, in which all software for autonomy can run onboard the drone, implemented in Python.  ...  We would like to thank Duckietown for their technical support. We would also like to thank James Baccala, Jose Toribio, and Caesar Arita for their contributions to the drone hardware platform.  ... 
arXiv:1910.03516v1 fatcat:6z2vkw5ntbcpfcw5aukqp3onbe

EUROPA: A Case Study for Teaching Sensors, Data Acquisition and Robotics via a ROS-Based Educational Robot

Georgios Karalekas, Stavros Vologiannidis, John Kalomiros
2020 Sensors  
In this paper EUROPA, an extensible, open software and open hardware robotic platform is presented focusing on teaching physics, sensors, data acquisition and robotics.  ...  Robots have become a popular educational tool in secondary education, introducing scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical concepts to students all around the globe.  ...  The Duckietown [36] is an open project proposed by a MIT team, intended for teaching robot autonomy or individual aspects of autonomous driving, like vision or nonlinear control, at a graduate or postgraduate  ... 
doi:10.3390/s20092469 pmid:32349247 fatcat:juu7zcixancoznkkkemdqvyinm

Teaching Autonomous Systems at 1/10th-scale

Abhijeet Agnihotri, Matthew O'Kelly, Rahul Mangharam, Houssam Abbas
2020 Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education  
The course includes an ethicscentered design philosophy, which seeks to engage the students in an analysis of ethical and socioeconomic implications of autonomous systems.  ...  The course includes an ethics-centered design philisophy, which seeks to engage the students in an analysis of ethical and socio-economic implications of autonomous systems.  ...  CREATING A NEW COURSE In light of the existing curricula, we decided to design a new course that teaches how to build an entire autonomous system, complementing existing courses focused on one element  ... 
doi:10.1145/3328778.3366796 dblp:conf/sigcse/AgnihotriOMA20 fatcat:pwmxyc5irzam5g7hrqnq2szjay

An Embarrassingly Pragmatic Introduction to Vision-based Autonomous Robots [article]

Marcos V. Conde
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Developing an AI able to drive a car without human intervention and a small robot to deliver packages in the city may seem like different problems, nevertheless from the point of view of perception and  ...  Part of the problem is to get a robot to emulate the perception of human beings, our sense of sight, replacing the eyes with cameras and the brain with mathematical models such as Neural Networks.  ...  Duckietown: An innovative way to teach autonomy. In Dimitris Alimisis, Michele Moro, and Emanuele Menegatti, editors, Educational Robotics in the Makers Era, pages 104–121, Cham, 2017.  ... 
arXiv:2112.05534v2 fatcat:3drhsxelvvdwvpsq5rvfpnukam